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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP)- The City Council in Missouri's capital city has approved removing a Civil War marker dedicated to a Confederate general amid a dispute about the accuracy of its description. The marker is dedicated to Confederate Gen. Sterling Price. It claims that Price had planned to attack Jefferson City in October 1874 but eventually bypassed the city. Critics questioned that version of events. They also noted the marker was dedicated in 1933 by a chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which had strong ties to the Ku Klux Klan.

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP)- A leading coronavirus expert in St. Louis is warning that hospital workers are "over-worked and demoralized" after months of battling the coronavirus, and the worst may be yet to come. Dr. Alex Garza of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force says hospitalizations are getting higher and intensive care unit beds are filling up at a time when the flu season is about to create even more strain on the health care system. The St. Louis region is actually in better shape than the rest of the state.

Afternoon Newscast for October 16, 2020

Oct 16, 2020

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The surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations is so severe in the Kansas City area that some hospitals were forced at one point to refuse ambulances due to a lack of space. Officials at St. Luke's Health System say eight hospitals, in both Missouri and Kansas, reported such high volumes of patients Wednesday night that they temporarily stopped accepting ambulances. Two of those hospitals were part of the St. Luke’s system and the others were not identified. Dr. Marc Larsen of St.

Sen. Josh Hawley is working on a book about one of the Missouri Republican’s ongoing targets. Simon & Schuster announced Friday that Hawley’s “The Tyranny of Big Tech” will be released June 21. Hawley has frequently criticized Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants for everything from alleged anti-conservative bias to monopolistic control of the online market.

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Afternoon Newscast for October 9, 2020

Oct 9, 2020

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Doctors and nurses treating those sick and dying from the coronavirus say the politics of the crisis are complicating treatment efforts. In Springfield, Missouri, the families of some of those hospitalized with the virus don't believe it is real. At a Wisconsin hospital, some refuse to be tested. In Georgia, hospital visitors try to get in with fishnet masks. Others demand to be prescribed the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine that President Donald Trump has championed, even though experts say it is not effective against COVID-19.

Missouri Reports 136 Additional Coronavirus Deaths

Oct 9, 2020

The death toll from the coronavirus in Missouri has risen dramatically after the state health department announced 136 additional deaths. Also Friday, the state reported 2,008 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and cited data showing that hospitalizations remain at near-record levels. Health department spokeswoman Lisa Cox says all of the deaths reported Friday actually occurred before October. The state relies on reporting from local health departments, which sometimes report their deaths in batches.

Police in Missouri Resume Search for Missing Woman

Oct 9, 2020

Police in central Missouri have resumed the search for the body of a Chinese woman who has been missing for a year. Joseph Elledge, the husband of 28-year-old Mengqi Ji, is charged with first-degree murder in her death. Police have searched for her body in the Lamine River near Boonville, where cadaver dogs hit on a scent. The search ended in June but resumed on Wednesday because the river level had dropped substantially. Assistant Police Chief Jeremiah Hunter says investigators plan to search through debris from a levee that police built at the site to help with the search.

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Afternoon Newscast for October 6, 2020

Oct 6, 2020

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As Missouri Gov. Mike Parson continues to recover from the coronavirus, his office is declining to say how many members of his staff also have tested positive. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that Parson’s spokeswoman, Kelli Jones, has not responded to several requests for information on staff illnesses. Jones hasn't responded to an inquiry from The Associated Press. The decision not to provide information on illnesses within the office differs from the practice of other state agencies that have routinely reported case numbers since the pandemic began.

Missouri Gubernatorial Forum Will Be Oct 9

Oct 2, 2020

A forum featuring Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and his Democratic opponent, state Auditor Nicole Galloway, is back on. The Missouri Press Association says the forum has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia. The forum also will feature Libertarian candidate Rik Combs and Green Party nominee Jerome Bauer. The forum is not open to the public. The forum had been scheduled for Sept. 25 but was postponed after Parson tested positive for the coronavirus. He has said he did not develop symptoms.

Afternoon Newscast for September 25, 2020

Sep 25, 2020

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The latest hot spot for the coronavirus in the United States is the heartland, where cases are rising in a worrying trend. The pandemic began with devastation in the New York City area, and was followed by a summertime crisis in the Sun Belt. But it is now striking cities with much smaller populations, often in conservative corners of America where anti-mask sentiment runs high, creating problems at hospitals and schools in the Midwest and West.

Coronavirus Throws Wrench into Missouri Governor's Race

Sep 25, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is a top issue in the Missouri governor's race. The virus stalled Republican Gov. Mike Parson's campaign after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. A debate between him and Democratic challenger Nicole Galloway scheduled for Friday has been canceled. Auditor Galloway says Parson hasn't done enough as governor to fight the virus. She says she would implement a statewide mask rule if elected. Parson has long opposed a statewide mask requirement and leaves decisions on school closings and mask mandates to local leaders.

A federal appeals court panel is weighing the fate of a sweeping Missouri abortion law, including a provision that prohibits a woman from having an abortion because the fetus has Down syndrome. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis heard arguments Thursday in the legal battle over the 2019 measure that bans abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy. Most of the court hearing dealt with a provision that bans abortions involving a fetus with Down syndrome. A ruling isn’t expected for several weeks.

Afternoon Newscast for September 18, 2020

Sep 18, 2020

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A violent year in Kansas City continues with another fatal shooting — the fourth in five days. The Kansas City Star reports that a man was found shot to death near a vehicle after 2 a.m. Friday. Police Sgt. Jacob Becchina said officers were called about a suspicious car in front of home and found the victim outside the vehicle. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives are working to identify the victim and determine his association to the car and the area. Kansas City has reported 143 homicides so far in 2020, just seven fewer than all of last year.

St. Louis County Health Officials Defend Sports Ban

Sep 18, 2020

St. Louis County health officials say a ban on some high school sports will continue until the number of coronavirus cases is reduced and they can recommend return to in-person school. The county's ban on some high school sports, particularly football, has prompted protests and an unsuccessful effort to take away pandemic-related power from County Executive Sam Page and the health department. The department says in a news release Friday that it has documented five clusters of transmissions directly linked to sports practices or games.

Afternoon Newscast for September, 15 2020

Sep 15, 2020

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Afternoon Newscast for September 11, 2020

Sep 11, 2020

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Nine protesters have been issued trespassing summonses for marching onto a private St. Louis street in June, a demonstration that prompted a couple to emerge from their home with guns to confront the demonstrators. Mark and Patricia McCloskey were both charged in July with unlawful use of a weapon in a polarizing case that landed them a spot at the Republican National Convention last month. Police spokeswoman Evita Caldwell confirms that nine protesters have been issued summonses, but says the St. Louis City Counselor’s office is still deciding whether to issue charges.

Virus Cases up in St. Louis County Nursing Homes

Sep 11, 2020

Another 306 people have been sickened and 33 people have died from the coronavirus in St. Louis County long-term care facilities. St. Louis County on Friday reported new COVID-19 cases and deaths at nursing homes and other centers as of August. Cases in August were up compared to July. when 256 new cases were reported. At least 33 people died in July as well. The data comes as the Jackson County Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence is closing because of COVID-19. Jackson County on Thursday closed the courthouse after several county employees tested positive for the virus.

K-8 Students Encounter Problems With CPS iPads Ahead of First Day

Sep 8, 2020

Families of K-8 students experienced problems with their school-issued iPads over the weekend.

Modifications made by iboss, the third-party vendor Columbia Public Schools use for its iPad connectivity, caused problems with the devices, according to a Monday email from district spokesperson Michelle Baumstark.

'Our Voices Will Still Be Heard': Peoples Defense Holds 100th Protest

Sep 8, 2020

Local activist group Peoples Defense held its 100th consecutive protest Monday evening in Columbia.

Its protests began in May after George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis. Since then, the list of Black people subject to police brutality has grown to include names such as Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake.